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Enyimba, Etoile rekindle rivalry

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Two-time winners Enyimba will be facing a familiar foe when it trades tackles with Tunisian giants, Etoile Sportive du Sahel over two legs for a place at the lucrative pool stages of the CAF
Champions League.

The history of both clubs in the competition is legendary and the 2004 edition readily comes to mind when the ‘Peoples Elephant’ as Enyimba are nicknamed braved the odds to defeat Etoile on penalties after a 3-3 tie on aggregate.

Enyimba, the only surviving Nigerian club in the continental club championship this year, will be banking on the goal scoring prowess of Mfon Udoh who is the all-time top marksman in the domestic league, a record he inscribed two seasons ago with 23 goals, to be complemented with the likes of Joseph Osadiaye, Stephen Chukwude, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Leonard Ugochukwu, Christian Pyagbara, Nzube Anaezemba and a host of other top quality performers available for coach Paul Aigbogun to select from.

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“We are going to give the game more than a 100 per cent in both legs and I’m very optimistic we shall qualify for the group stage. We are not shot of quality players to achieve our lofty aims,” Aigbogun said.

Udoh who already has four goals to his name in this year’s campaign added: “I know that the higher
we go the tougher the competition, but to be champion, we have to beat all and the team is poised to do just that. Etoile is a strong side but I believe we are stronger. We have been playing as a team and against the Tunisians, it won’t be different. Sure, there will be goals but I don’t how many.”

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